Riddle: What question can you never say yes to?
Answer: Are you asleep?
Unhappily, for some of us we can answer the question and the answer is often “NO! I’m not asleep!” Either we can’t fall asleep when we go to bed or we wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep. Our lives are keyed up and wired and getting enough sleep turns out to be a very difficult thing to do. You can poll your neighbors - read a boring book, take melatonin, put a hot pad on your tummy, count sheep – or you can read what experts have to say. Here are some recent books that shed light on the problem of sleeplessness.
THE SLEEP SOLUTION: WHY YOUR SLEEP IS BROKEN AND HOW TO FIX IT
by W. Chris Winter, M.D.
Sleep expert and neurologist, Dr. Winter, has twenty-four years of experience helping more than 10,000 people sleep better. His book will help you understand your sleep patterns and problems to find the best interventions so you can have healthy sleep.
SNOOZE: THE LOST ART OF SLEEP
by Michael McGirr
Looking back at the sleep patterns of great people like Shakespeare, Aristotle, and Thomas Edison, McGirr’s entertaining book explains what our brains are doing when we are asleep, the benefits of healthy sleep, and why sound sleep is sometimes so elusive.
YOU ARE GETTING SLEEPY: LIFESTYLE BASED SOLUTIONS FOR INSOMNIA
by Paul Glovinsky and Arthur Spielman
Two doctors share recent research about how people get sleepy, the difference between fatigue and being sleepy, and how being hyper or depressed can interfere with sleep and lead to insomnia.
WILD NIGHTS: HOW TAMING SLEEP CREATED OUR RESTLESS WORLD
by Benjamin Reiss
Sleep is essential to human beings but down through history where we sleep, who we sleep with, and how much we sleep have changed dramatically. Our modern cultural definition of the requirements for sleep has added to our sleep problems, contributing to insomnia, exhaustion and sleep disorders.
THE POWER OF WHEN
by Michael Breus
Exploring exciting new research about out biology, Michael Breus, a clinical psychologist and sleep medicine specialist, offers a comprehensive quiz to help you discover your “chronotype.” Find out how to take advantage of your “body’s inner clock” in order to know your best time of day for a variety of personal activities including sleep. Take the quizzes he offers in the book to learn what your own personal circadian rhythms are and discover if you are a “Dolphin, Wolf, Bear, or Lion.”